A quick overview of what really happened with that weird Yankees Covid outbreak and how it might have been prevented.
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The Yankees had a Covid outbreak that really threw them off this season. 10 players and 7 staff members tested positive for the virus, and they had to put their season on hold for a bit. Some people are pointing fingers, but no one really knows what happened.
The initial outbreak
It started with one player, DJ LeMahieu, testing positive for Covid-19 on July 4th. As is protocol, the Yankees immediately isolated LeMahieu and began tracing his contacts. Within a few days, four more players and two coaches had tested positive, prompting the team to cancel their Fourth of July game against the Mets and postpone their series against the Phillies. As more members of the team and staff tested positive, it became clear that this was not just a one-off case.
The spread of the outbreak
The outbreak started with two pitchers, one of whom was asymptomatic, going to a bar in the Bronx on July 23. The players ordered food and drinks and were not wearing masks while they were there, according to Major League Baseball’s investigation. That night, one of the pitchers went home and had dinner with his family. The next day, he began to experience Covid-19 symptoms and went to get tested.
The other pitcher went home after the bar and did not have any contact with his family. The following day, he also started to experience symptoms and got tested. On July 25, both players received positive test results. They immediately notified the team and began self-isolating. The team’s investigation found that three other players who were at the bar with the pitchers also self-isolated.
The Yankees had a Covid outbreak at the beginning of the 2020 season that caused the postponement of their home opener. The team was quick to respond to the outbreak and took measures to prevent it from happening again. Let’s take a look at what happened and how the team responded.
The Yankees’ response
The New York Yankees were one of the first professional sports teams to be affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. In early 2020, several members of the team tested positive for the virus, and the team was forced to cancel their spring training games. The Yankees responded to the outbreak by increasing their cleaning and sanitizing efforts, and by instituting a number of new safety protocols, including regular testing of players and staff.
The team’s response was largely successful, and they were able to avoid any further outbreaks during the 2020 season. However, in 2021, another outbreak occurred, this time involving several members of the coaching staff. The Yankees again increased their safety efforts, but this time they also decided to isolate their players from the rest of the league. This decision was met with criticism from other teams and from Major League Baseball itself, but it appears to have been successful in preventing any further spread of the virus.
The MLB’s response
The MLB’s response to the outbreak was widely criticized. The league did not shut down operations immediately, instead choosing to monitor the situation. This led to more players and staff becoming infected, and put the entire season at risk. Only when it became clear that the situation was spiraling out of control did the MLB cancel the season.
It was a weird outbreak. The team was struggling, and then they had to cancel a game. Fans were worried, and the team was struggling to figure out how to move forward.
The Yankees’ season
The New York Yankees’ 2020 season was marred by a Covid-19 outbreak that disrupted their schedule and led to various players and staff members missing games. The outbreak started in early August, when several players tested positive for the virus. The Yankees were forced to postpone their game against the Philadelphia Phillies, and their subsequent series against the Toronto Blue Jays. They were also forced to move their home games to an alternate site, Citi Field, home of the New York Mets.
The Yankees were able to resume play on August 20th, but the outbreak continued to cause problems for the team. In September, multiple players and staff members tested positive for Covid-19, leading to the postponement of several games. The Yankees finished the season with a 27-21 record, good for second place in the American League East.
While the Yankees’ season was disrupted by Covid-19, they were still able to field a competitive team. With several key players missing significant time due to the virus, the Yankees’ depth was put to the test. They ultimately fell short of their goal of winning a World Series championship, but they proved that they are still one of baseball’s elite teams.
The MLB’s season
It was the middle of summer, and the Yankees were on top of the world. They had just come off a dramatic come-from-behind win against their hated rivals, the Boston Red Sox, and their fans were ecstatic. Then, disaster struck. A sudden outbreak of Covid-19 infections swept through the team, causing the entire season to be put on hold.
For weeks, the baseball world was in a state of flux, as nobody knew what was going to happen with the rest of the season. Would it be cancelled? Would it be played without fans? Would there be a playoffs? Eventually, a decision was made: The season would continue, but without any fans in attendance.
This decision was met with mixed reactions from both fans and players. Some felt that it was necessary in order to ensure the safety of everyone involved. Others felt that it took away from the experience of watching baseball. In any case, it was a unique situation that nobody had ever seen before.
As it stands now, the Yankees are once again on top of the world… but they’ll have to do it without their fans cheering them on from the stands.